2017 Lovejoy Award: Alec MacGillis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for ProPublica, will receive the Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Oct. 2. Learn more >>>

Letter from the Director

There is a lot of change happening at the Goldfarb Center.
Every new academic year ushers in a host of new developments at Colby, and this year is certainly no exception — especially at the GoldfarbCenter. Over the past few months, a few important changes have occurred at the center. Most significantly, the civic engagement programs once housed under our umbrella will now live under the auspices of the Office of the Dean of the College. This will provide us with an opportunity to double-down on our commitment to connect students to opportunities to understand and act on local, national, and global policy issues. We will very much miss having Alice Elliott and Lori Morin directly on the GoldfarbCenter‘s team, but look forward to partnering with them and others as they intensify efforts to make civic engagement a centerpiece of a Colby education.
In an effort to provide even more students with an opportunity to connect with the Goldfarb Center in meaningful ways, we have formed a new student engagement committee. Our goal in the coming months will be to give these students opportunities to dig deep into some of today’s most pressing policy issues and to deliver leadership development programs that will help them to be active and effective global citizens.
I am also pleased to welcome Professor of Education Adam Howard to the Goldfarb Center team as associate director. He will focus on developing our student engagement committee and creating active programming for the Goldfarb Center with a focus on education this coming year.
We have a few new signature programs in the works, as well. I am especially excited about the launch of an electronic publication we have named “Between Truth and Error.” The goal of this new initiative is to pose critical policy questions and present diverse viewpoints, breaking down the silos of social media in which we find ourselves. You can read more about it below.
Although much is changing, we will continue to offer several key hallmark programs. In this newsletteryou will read about the upcoming Lovejoy Award Convocation and accompanying student journalism conference. We will hold a Cotter Debate on campus free speech in November. We have begun making plans for our annual spring Mitchell Lecture and the biennial Brody Award for judicial excellence.
I could not be more pleased to serve this year as director of the Goldfarb Center; it is such an exciting time for Colby and for the center. As I step into this interim role, I am especially eager to hear from you. Please reach out with ideas and suggestions. We need policy experts to weigh in on Between Truth and Error questions. Perhaps you can contribute to building communication and leadership skills in workshops with our students — or maybe share an area of policy expertise. The Goldfarb Centerconnects the Colby community to the world of public affairs and inspires active citizenship. We welcome you, as an alumnus/a, parent, student, faculty, staff, or community member on or off Mayflower Hill to engage with us.
Best regards,
Patrice Franko

Grossman Professor of Economics and Global Studies

Introducing Between Truth and Error

“I cannot surrender my principles, though the whole world besides should vote them down — I can make no compromise between truth and error, even though my life be the alternative.”
— Elijah Parish Lovejoy ‘1826
The Goldfarb Center will soon launch a digital forum aimed at providing the greater Colby community with timely observations, ideas, and insight on matters of public importance.
For each issue, three Colby faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, or community leaders from diverse backgrounds and disciplines will answer a question from the editors of Between Truth and Error about pressing public policy issues. The forum will share the leading scholarship, recommended reading, and the best journalism about the week’s topic, and more. Some Between Truth and Error questions will arise from the week’s news, while others will dig deeper into topics introduced by Goldfarb events.
“Between Truth and Error taps into the powerful Colby network of leading scholars, policymakers, and experts spanning virtually all areas of public policy,” said Goldfarb Center Director Patrice Franko. “Channeling this incredible resource into a digital forum will offer timely and important commentary on what is happening in our world today, which we believe will inspire more active and engaged citizenship — an overarching goal of our work at the center.”
The name of the initiative was inspired by Elijah Parish Lovejoy ‘1826, a native Mainer and Colby graduate who was America’s first martyr to the freedom of the press. Each year Colby honors his sacrifice with the Lovejoy Convocation, which recognizes excellence in journalism and contributions to public discourse.

Between Truth and Error will delivered via email in the coming weeks. Please email truthanderror@colby.edu to sign up, suggest topics, or to volunteer as an expert or recommend one, and more.

ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis to receive 2017 Lovejoy Award

Alec MacGillis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter known for his deep reporting on social issues and public policy, will be honored with Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Oct. 2.
MacGillis is highly regarded for his incisive reporting and informed questioning on a wide range of pressing policy issues. During his tenure at ProPublica these have included the surging opioid crisis, housing policy, and the influence of the oil industry and other corporations on public policy.
MacGillis will receive an honorary degree along with the Lovejoy Award and will deliver the Lovejoy Convocation address at 7 p.m. in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, and the award honor America’s first martyr to the freedom of the press,  Elijah Parish Lovejoy ‘1826.

Annual Conference for Student Journalists Focuses on Writing with Impact

Registration is now open for the Goldfarb Center‘s annual conference for student journalists, which is scheduled for Oct. 1 and 2 in conjunction with the Lovejoy Awardconvocation. Titled “Journalism with Purpose: How to Write with Impact,”this year’s conference is geared toward student reporters and editors, current and future journalists, and those who are interested in opinion and advocacy writing.
“The conference’s focus and structure came mostly from what we are hearing from students,” said Goldfarb Center director Patrice Franko. “They want to learn more about how to impact change through writing, which aligns so well with the spirit of the Lovejoy Award.”
Sessions ranging from informal discussion groups to panel discussions and workshops will delve into issues including how to pitch stories, choosing the right digital platform, and best practices for community-based journalism. Reporters and media experts will also go into the classroom, where they will speak to students enrolled in writing courses on a wide range of topics. These classes will be open to the greater campus community.

Learn more or register for the student journalism conference here. Go here for more information about the Lovejoy Award.

Fall Events and Cosponsorships

The Goldfarb Center is gearing up to offer a slate of events focused on today’s most pressing public affairs issues. We are updating the calendar regularly, so please go here for the most up-to-date event listings and details.
Disappearing Diplomacy: Foreign Policy in the Trump Era
Sept. 25 | 4:30 p.m. | Diamond 122
Robert Gelbard ’64, former U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia and Indonesia
Robert Gelbard ’64 is an international business consultant specializing in project development and implementation, crisis management and risk analysis. During his prior career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Gelbard held numerous senior foreign policy positions, including as President Clinton’s Special Representative for the Balkans, Ambassador to Indonesia and East Timor, Ambassador to Bolivia, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (including responsibility for counter-terrorism), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South America, Director for Southern Africa and Deputy Director for Western Europe.
Journalism with Purpose: How to Write with Impact
2017 Lovejoy Student Journalism Conference
Oct. 1 and 2 | 4 p.m. | Various Locations on the Colby Campus
The 2017 conference will provide college newspaper editors and reporters, those interested in journalism careers, and those who want to write for advocacy the opportunity to sharpen their skills and increase their impact. Registration is required. Learn more here >>>
2017 Lovejoy Award Convocation
Oct. 2 | 7 p.m. | Lorimer Chapel
Alec MacGillis, reporter, ProPublica
Alec MacGillis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for ProPublica known for his deep reporting on social issues and public policy, will be honored with the Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism. Learn more here >>>

Gender and Resistance: An Evening with Jennifer Finney Boylan

Nov. 14 | 7 p.m. | Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Parker Reed Room
Jenny Boylan — author, activist, and teacher — will talk about LGBTQ experience and the current political climate from her position both as a writer for the op/ed page of the New York Times as well as the co-chair of the media advocacy non-profit, GLAAD. Author of the first bestselling work by a transgender American (She’s Not There), Jenny is also a longtime member of the Colby community, where she taught in the department of English for 25 years and currently serves as special advisor to President Greene. During the spring of each year she serves as the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence and Professor of English at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York.
William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate: Campus Free Speech
Nov. 16 | 7 p.m. | Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Parker Reed Room

Jon A. Shields, associate professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College

Jon Zimmerman, professor of history of education, University of Pennsylvania


The Goldfarb Center cosponsors events and programs with departments across campus. Please consider attending the following events hosted by our partners.
Whose Streets? Film screening and discussion with director Sabaah Folayan
September 19 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove, Diamond Building
Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. Director Sabaah Folayan will lead a discussion and question and answer session after the screening. Cosponsored by Colby Cinema Studies, Pugh Community Board, African American Studies, the Center for Arts and Humanities, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs
Democracy in a Hotter Time
September 19 | 7 p.m. | Olin 1 
David Orr, Counselor to the President Oberlin College
The present crisis in U.S. democracy has its origins in our history and political system. Much the same can be said for our slow and inadequate response to climate change now underway. These and similar problems in public policy are the result of the breakdown in democratic institutions. The path forward requires repairing and strengthening the capacities of government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Cosponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs